Finding Dory New Trailer



One of the most eagerly anticipated Pixar movies has to be Finding Dory – and this new trailer, which debuted on the Ellen Show, has just been released.

Take your first look at the new Finding Dory trailer:

Of course Marlin and Nemo will be in the new movie. Pixar hasn’t shared much about the plot of the new movie but it seems that this time Dory is looking for her family. The movie is set 6 months after the original Finding Nemo.

Finding Dory will first be released in Australia on June 16th 2016 and the US debut will be a day later on June 17th. The UK will have to wait quite a while longer with the release date set for July 29.

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Disney Cruise Line Special Offers 11/9/2016

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If you are looking for Disney cruise line special offers this week then the pickings are pretty slim. As we always say to our readers, the general rule for Disney cruises is, book early and save. If you wait then usually the only discounts are going to be for unpopular sailings such as the Panama Canal cruises (actually our favorite cruises) or specific discounts for Florida residents or the military.

Right now the only discounts are military discounts for sailings out of Galveston Texas on Disney Wonder.

Who Is Entitled To A Disney Cruise Military Discount?

Military discounts on Disney cruises are available to all retired and active U.S. Military personnel (or their spouse), including U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, U.S Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Department of Defense personnel.

You must provide valid identification at the time of check in on the cruise. A spouse can travel without the active or retired member if their spouse has a valid military ID.

All discounts are limited to 50 staterooms per category and sailing. Each military member is entitled to a discount on one stateroom per sailing.

We show the lowest pricing per category per person. There may be other categories available at a discount.

Disney Wonder Discounts For The Military

6-Night Galveston to San Juan Cruise

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• St. Thomas (St. John)
• Tortola

Sailing on Monday January 4, 2016 Category 11B at $95.00 per person per day.

7-Night Bahamian Cruise from Galveston

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• Castaway Cay
• Nassau
• Key West
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Sailing on Friday November 13, 2015 Category 11B at $125.00 per person per day.
Sailing on Friday December 11, 2015 Category 11A at $110.00 per person per day.

7-Night Bahamian Cruise from Galveston

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• Key West
• Castaway Cay
• Nassau
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Sailing on Friday December 4, 2015 Category 11B at $110.00 per person per day.

Disney Epic Cruise Sweepstakes

Disney Epic Cruise Sweepstakes

This is a great chance to win a 7 night Disney Cruise Line cruise to the Caribbean. This sweepstakes, sponsored by Coffee-Mate is for a Disney Fantasy cruise sailing on April 16th to 23rd and includes a Star Wars Day at Sea.

The Grand Prize is for the winner and up to 3 guests staying in one stateroom. It includes economy class airfare, ground transfers, all meals, entertainment and all pre paid gratuities, taxes, fees and port expenses. The prize winner is responsible for all extra charges including meals at Palo and Remy (which are optional). The approximate retail value of the prize is is $10,513.

Click Here To Enter

This Disney cruise sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States aged 18 and over.

The closing dates for entries is 11:59pm on December 6th 2015. No purchase is necessary.


Top 10 Best Disney World Restaurants For Boys

Are you looking for the Top 10 Best Disney World Restaurants For Boys? The options seem to be endless if you are looking to dine with a Disney Princess. Let’s admit it Elsa and Anna are not that appealing to boys looking for somewhere to dine at Disney World. As a mother of 2 boys I have visited the parks many times with them and here we have picked out our favorites. Not a Disney Princess in sight!

T Rex Cafe

Trex Restaurant at Night

Good food and dinosaurs. What more do you need if you are trying to find a great restaurant for boys in Disney World. The T Rex Cafe is already a popular Disney World restaurant and it may get even busier with The Good Dinosaur movie.

The T Rex Cafe is also located outside the Disney World Parks at the newly renamed Disney Springs – what we all know as Downtown Disney. It is owned by the same company as Rainforest Cafe but we like this one much better as the theme is just much more appealing for us.

The menu is pretty standard fare with some very inventive names such as Brachiosaurus Bruschetta, Gigantosaurus Burger, and the Chocolate Extinction dessert. The food is fine, not great, but you are really here for the theme not fine dining. This really is a must see if you have dinosaur obsessed kids. Of course the food is overpriced but where else do you get to dine with a T Rex and experience a meteor shower?

Chef Mickeys

Meeting Chef Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Chef Daisy and Chef Pluto at the Enchanted Garden Restaurant at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Chef Mickey’s is one of the most popular Disney character dining locations for a good reason – it is a whole lot of fun. It’s loud, it is full of younger kids, but it is great choice for character dining if you have boys.

Breakfast is served at Chef Mickey’s from 7am to 11.30am each day. It is a great chance to meet your Disney favorite characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip and Dale.

Chef Mickey’s recently started to offer a brunch buffet too. The Chef Mickey brunch hours are 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The restaurant also offers a buffet dinner menu from 5.00 p.m to 9.30 pm.

Chef Mickey’s is one of the few Disney World character dining locations which is not inside a Disney park. It is located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort so it can be a good idea to go there if you do not want to use a Disney entrance ticket on that day.

If you want to know more about this very popular character restaurant you can see our guide at:

Disney Chef Mickey


Sanaa window

This is a must do for anyone visiting Disney World in our book! This is in our Top 10 of favorite Disney restaurants in pretty much any category. The reason? The view.

Located at Kidani Village at the Disney Animal Kingdom Villas is described as serving African cuisine with Indian flavors. The setting is amazing – right on the edge of one of the Animal Kingdom Lodge savannas. There are not many places in the world where you can dine and look out of the window and see a giraffe.

It is fine if your kids don’t like spicy food. There is a kids menu with all the usual options including Cheese Pizza, Chess Burger, Chicken Breast and Fish of the Day. They will be happy looking out of the window and watching the animals.

Sci Fi Dine In

Sci-Fi Dine-In Panorama

This is such a fun place to dine. Particularly if you have boys who love cars. No not the Disney Pixar Cars but the themeing of this restaurant is just a whole lot of fun.

You step back into the 1950s when you enter the Sci-Fi Dine In. Lots of 1950s movie posters line the walls. When you enter the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater you will notice 3 things. The convertible car tables. The huge movie screen. The dark.

As you would expect the menu at the Sci-Fi Dine In is traditional American diner fare. At Disney prices of course but the theme is so much fun you probably won’t even notice – OK you will but it softens the blow and if you are on the Disney Dining Plan it really doesn’t matter does it?

The essential tip for the Disney Sci-Fi Dine In is that there are picnic tables at the back which really aren’t that much fun. Be sure to ask the Cast Member for a seat at one of the car tables.

You really must experience Disney’s Sci-Fi Dine In at least once on a visit to Disney World.

Here is our review:

Disney Sci-Fi Dine In Theater

Tusker House

Tusker House

There aren’t that many Hidden Gems in Disney World any more but Tusker House still seems to keep of many guests radar and we are not sure why. Tusker House. It offers a character breakfast but we know it isn’t first on people’s wish list when they think of character dining locations.

Donald and Daisy always appear and are often joined by Goofy and Mickey. The characters now appear at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The safari gear costumes make a really nice change and the characters often seem to have more time to spend with the kids here than at other locations. The Jungle Juice served at breakfast is very popular.

The food at Lunch and Dinner is described as African and American. If you don’t like spicy food then there is plenty here to keep you and the kids happy.

Coral Reef

Disney Dining Under the Sea (Explored)

The Epcot Coral Reef Restaurant is another unique place to dine in Walt Disney World which is a great place to take if you have boys in your family. We visited Walt Disney World for years without really knowing where the Coral Reef is as it is hidden behind the Finding the Seas with Nemo ride in Epcot.

It is definitely worth the diversion if you want a spectacular view from a restaurant which will keep your boys entertained.

The Coral Reef has a wall of 8 feet high windows which look onto the huge salt water aquarium. Diners can view not only 85 species of tropical fish but also the divers who often swim pass the windows. To be honest the divers were more entertaining than the fish for my boys but you get the idea…



We know we have already talked about Sanaa but we just can’t miss out on another restaurant inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. When we asked out youngest son which was his favorite Walt Disney World restaurant Boma was his first choice.

Boma is a buffet restaurant. The theme is decidedly African at dinner time and a ‘conventional’ breakfast buffet with all the usual favorites. No characters appear at the buffet.

The Boma dinner menu changes daily but my favorites are the soups and the couscous and the hummous dips. There is plenty of choice of hot entrees including carved meats and fresh salmon. Boma has lots of salads and fresh fruit too.

If you have a picky eater don’t worry – they also service the usual favorites of mac and cheese, fries and chicken nuggets.

The desserts are a particular favorite. Make sure you try the Zebra Domes.

If you just can’t resist those Zebra Domes here is how to make them at home:

Disney Animal Kingdom Boma Zebra Dome Recipe

Beaches and Cream

Kitchen Sink

What do most boys like? Burgers and ice cream. You have them both here are Beaches and Cream located between the Disney Beach Club and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Who can resist a place that has an ice cream dessert called The Kitchen Sink which is an enormous ice cream sundae served in a huge dish that looks like, yes you guessed it, a kitchen sink? It’s $23 but if enough of you share then you can justify the cost – and there is no way you could eat it on your own!

The Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Crystal Palace are all buffet style meals. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet are featured so it makes it a good choice for younger boys. The Crystal Palace is conveniently located at the end of Main Street in Magic Kingdom. We like to go at least once during our stay and usually pick breakfast or lunch as they are the least costly options.

The Crystal Palace is a beautiful setting but it is loud. In fact it is almost too loud as there are a lot of younger children here but the interaction with the characters is in our opinion one of the best available. They seem to have a bit more time here than at other character meals.

Be Our Guest


The Be Our Guest restaurant is one of the most ridiculously popular venues in the whole of Walt Disney World. But it is worth giving it a try to get a reservation here. You may not succeed but at least you will know that you tried!

Even though you would think this is a Disney Princess dominated venue in fact Belle does not appear. The Beast does though. We have eaten here at both lunch and dinner and have to say that dinner is better, but almost impossible to get a reservation.

The setting is spectacular. Be Our Guest is the only ‘counter service’ restaurant we recommend here. It is counter service for breakfast and lunch and table service for dinner but in some ways just doesn’t feel like counter service. Probably because of the innovative ordering system for breakfast and lunch where you order on interactive screens and the food is then brought to your table.

If you don’t have a reservation then it may still be worth standing in line for breakfast or lunch. Ask the Cast Member at the end of the line what the wait is and see if you can stand the wait. If you can then we think you will enjoy the experience.

Be Our Guest In New Fantasyland Restaurant Lunch Review


Top 10 Tips For Your First Disney Cruise

Are you about to embark on your first Disney cruise? These Top 10 tips are to help you make the most of your Disney cruise if you are a first timer. We wish we had realized these things when we first sailed with Disney cruise line as it would have made it an even more magical experience. We have been fortunate enough to spend months on board the Disney cruise ships. And here is what we would tell our best friend if they were going on their first Disney Cruise!

Choose Your Stateroom Wisely


Your choice of stateroom is going to impact more than anything else on how much your cruise costs. The price of different staterooms on exactly the same cruise can vary by thousands of dollars. Guests in an inside stateroom will have exactly the same access to all the ship facilities as those in a verandah stateroom, but will have paid considerably less.

Some cruisers would never even consider an inside stateroom. Others would prefer to save the money and forget the balcony. We have sailed in inside, outside and verandah staterooms and each has it’s advantages and disadvantages. Now we tend to sail in an outside stateroom as for us it isn’t worth the extra money for the verandah. The only times we now go for a verandah are in Europe, Alaska and the Panama Canal.

Not all staterooms are created equal within the same categories. There are some secret bargains, and also some staterooms that just aren’t as great as the others.

To help you make the right choice we have written this comprehensive guide to help you:

How To Choose A Disney Cruise Stateroom

You Do Not Need To Pack Like You Will Be Stranded On A Desert Island

A little planning goes a long way and with airlines charging for checked bags these days it is important to really think about what you need to pack – and what you can leave behind.

We pack light and have refined our packing very much over the years. We know some people like to pack everything. One memorable cruise my sister packed more shoes than I could even dream of, but our plan is to pack with the view that we will bring the things we know we need and accept that we will do laundry a couple of times. It’s easier than it sounds.

We know the minimalist approach isn’t for everyone which is why we wrote our guide:

How To Pack For A Disney Cruise – Top 15 Hacks and Tips

Enjoy All The Dining Options


A huge part of any cruise is the food. And there is a whole lot of food. You may have heard about the innovative Rotational Dining which is unique to Disney. We go over this in more detail in our guide:

How Does Disney Cruise Rotational Dining Work?

But there are many more dining options than just the main dining rooms. One thing that many guests forget is Room Service. This is not the room service you are used to in hotels where the in room menu makes your eyes pop and your bank balance scared at the prices. Disney Cruise Line room service is available 24 hours a day and most of the items on it are free. Yes free.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available. All that we suggest you do, and you really should, is tip the Crew Member bringing your order. Take some $1 bills with you and it’s the only time you need cash on board. You won’t need to be on a Disney cruise ship for very long to realize that the Crew Members are beyond excellent. They deserve the gratuities so make sure you give a few bucks at least to the one bringing your food!

We like to order Room Service on Port Days when you may have to get up early for your excursions. Also one of the best experiences we have had on a Disney Cruise is ordering breakfast on Panama Canal Day. You can snack for a long time on your breakfast on your verandah whilst waiting to go through the first lock. A memorable experience.

We would also recommend going to Palo at least once on your cruise. If you want the absolute luxury experience on the Disney Dream and Fantasy it is worth going to Remy as well – fine dining at it’s very best.

Be A Grown Up

There are many spaces on the Disney ships reserved just for adults. There are pools, dining, nightlife, seminars, fitness and of course the spa – all strictly for the over 18s. So take the chance to spend some grown up time and enjoy everything that Disney cruises has to offer for the adults. The kids will be happy enough in the kids clubs – you may even have a difficult time getting them to leave!

We would suggest trying the adult dining venue Palo at least once during the cruise. Brunch or Dinner at Palo is charged at $30 extra and although the price has increased a lot in recent times, we think this is still a bargain for the quality of food and service offered.

Top 10 Things To Do On A Disney Cruise For Adults

Be A Kid


If you have ever visited a Disney Park then you know that it brings out your inner child! The Disney ships are just like that too. Ride the AquaDuck, take an animation class, watch your favorite Disney movie, swim with a dolphin. Do all those things that make you remember what it was like to just be a kid.

In the words of Walt Disney:

“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be twelve years old”

So follow Walt’s wisdom and do something that will remind you of what it felt like to be a kid – no matter how long ago that was!

You Do Not Have To Get Off The Ship

Disney cruise lines takes you to some exciting ports. The Caribbean, The Bahamas, Alaska and Europe all have amazing ports of call to explore (and then there is Nassau).

But there may be times when you just want to relax and stay on board the ship. We usually spend at least one port day enjoying the ship. It is great to have the chance to be on the ship when it is so quiet. No lines for the AquaDuck, reduced Spa prices, no lines in the buffet, and fewer people in the pools are just some of the benefits of staying on the ship whilst others are exploring.

If you do decide to get off the ship research before hand what you want to do. You can prebook a Disney Port Adventure, but you may want to look online to see if that excursion is available with an independent company. The advantage of booking with Disney is that you know that all the excursions are checked out by Disney, and they won’t leave you behind if the worst happens and you don’t make it back to the ship on time. This is very rare though and you may save a lot of money by booking an excursion independently.

Castaway Cay Is Paradise


One of the main attractions of a Disney cruise is that if you sail on a Caribbean or Bahamian cruise you will visit Castaway Cay. The island is beautiful and of course it has that extra special Disney Magic.

One of the best bargains on a Disney Port Adventure is to rent the snorkel equipment on Castaway Cay. At 31.18 for adults and $15.05 for children it will give you a whole days access to 22 acres of crystal clear water to explore. If you have never done this before it is a great opportunity to try. As well as all the tropical fish Disney also has some surprises for you to find under the sea.

When we were first looking at Port Adventures on a Disney Cruise we really wanted the perfect beach day. And I think we paid nearly $100 per person for it in a Caribbean port. It wasn’t worth it. We learned later that the perfect beach day is actually at Disney’s Castaway Cay. And it is included on many Disney cruises. And you do not have to spend a cent more if you don’t want to.

Take Some Time To Kick Back At Least A Little

There is a lot to do on a Disney cruise. And it can be very difficult to slow down from real life sometimes. But one of the many great things about a Disney cruise is that you do get to escape reality – if you choose to. The internet. It’s an amazing thing but don’t you wish sometimes you could just cut the connection? Internet is available on Disney cruises. The speed varies and it is not cheap. Why not try an internet free day – or even an internet free cruise? If you run your business online like us we know that isn’t possible, but could you just even nominate a day or two when you were truly not in contact with the outside world. We have done that and it has been a very liberating experience.

If you haven’t read a book in a while then bring one (the one thing about a Disney cruise is that there is no library, and only about 3 paperbacks for sale in the store)!

The new craze for adults is coloring books. They are incredibly relaxing and we took one on our recent cruise and got a lot of comments from people wishing they had one too. Or go to a Disney animation class. Go to The Rainforest at the Spa – you can get a Day Pass. Whatever is going to make you actually relax.

Save Money On Beverages


The days are gone when Disney said you could take as much alcohol on board the ship as you wanted. But the party isn’t completely over. You can still take limited supplies of alcohol on a Disney ship. Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port-of-call.

So if you really want to go out searching for cheap wine or beer when you are in port you can save money. We would rather spend the time doing something else and enjoy the port rather than going to Walmart in Mexico but each to their own!

Even with the new policy savings can be made.

For a full explanation of the policy you can see our guide at:

Disney Cruise Line – Can You Really Take Alcohol On Board?

Remember too that you can still enjoy the free drinks. Disney is not like most other cruise lines who seem to be moving towards the ‘make money by offering an expensive drinks package for soda and alcohol’. Please Disney never think about that.


Soda, coffee and tea is free from the pool deck dispensers and in the restaurants. If you order a coke from a bar you will be charged for it. The simple answer? Just don’t order it from the bar!

Specialty coffee is also available for a fee. If you really must have your latte then make sure that you pick up a coffee card which will give you a buy 5 get 1 free deal.

Book Your Next Disney Cruise On The Ship


The Disney Future Cruise Booking Desk On The Disney Fantasy

For most guests one Disney cruise is just not enough! You will already be thinking about booking your next one before your first one has even finished. But did you know that the easiest way to save money is to book your next cruise whilst you are still on board ship?

If you book on the ship you will get a 10% discount off prevailing rates as well as an onboard credit. This is $100 for 3 to 6 day cruises and $200 for 7 days or more.

As a further incentive you even get a reduced deposit of 10% for sailings 7 nights and over.

Still too early to decide which Disney cruise you want to sail on next? You can book a cruise which you are not sure you will sail on and then change the booking for a different cruise,ship. date, or stateroom and still keep the incentives. Or you can book a Placeholder cruise for a $200 deposit. You just get a reservation number but don’t book an actual cruise. You then decide which cruise you want and book that with the discount

For more details of this and other ways to save money on a Disney cruise go to our guide at:

How To Save Money On A Disney Cruise

If you want help finding the perfect Disney Cruise then contact us using the form below. We have spent months on the Disney Ships and know then inside out. All our services at EverythingMouse Travel are free and we could save you a whole lot of money and time

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